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Ashley’s Learning Center Wraps Up Successful 7th Annual Autism Awareness Concert: “The Future is Bright”

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, 18th April 2024 – Ashley’s Learning Center is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of its 7th Annual Autism Awareness Concert, themed “The Future is Bright.” Held on Saturday, 13th April at Brayton Hall, the event brought together members of the autism community, supporters, and advocates for an evening of inspiration, celebration, and solidarity.

The concert, a cornerstone of Ashley’s Learning Center’s commitment to autism advocacy and awareness, exceeded expectations, drawing a diverse audience, and generating enthusiasm for the cause. Attendees were treated to a showcase of extraordinary talent, as individuals took to the stage to share their gifts and passion for music.

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“The 7th Annual Autism Awareness Concert was a tremendous success, thanks to the unwavering support of our community and the incredible dedication of our performers,” said Ben Avenant, Chairman of Ashley’s Learning Center Board of Directors. “Together, we celebrated the bright future of our students, while raising crucial funds to support our programs and initiatives. The overwhelming response and positive feedback reaOirm the importance of our mission and the impact of events like these.”

The evening’s performances were a testament to the diversity and depth of talent within the local and international community, with each act showcasing unique skills and abilities. From soulful ballads to electrifying dance routines and captivating instrumentals, the concert mesmerized audiences and fostered a sense of unity and understanding.

Members of audience

In addition to the musical performances, the event featured guest speakers who shared personal stories, insights, and perspectives on autism advocacy and inclusion. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with our international and local performers, the stars of the show our children and connect with like-minded individuals passionate about creating a more inclusive society.

“We are immensely grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the Concert, from our performers and volunteers to our sponsors and attendees,” said Ben. “Your support enables us to continue our vital work in providing sustenance, resources, and opportunities for our students with autism and other special needs. Together, we are making a diOerence and building a brighter future for them.”

Members of audience

Proceeds from the concert will directly benefit Ashley’s Learning Center and its eOorts to provide comprehensive support and resources for its students and their families. The success of the event underscores the importance of community engagement and collaboration in driving meaningful change and fostering greater acceptance and inclusion. For those who were unable to attend the concert but would like to support Ashley’s Learning Center and its mission, donations can be made online through the organization’s website at www.ashleyslearningcenter.org.

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Header: ALC children & Calvert Robinson

About Ashley’s Learning Center:

ALC stands as a cross-categorical Special School, established in 2015 to cater to the educational needs of children with special requirements. Through a range of programs and initiatives, Ashley’s Learning Center provides comprehensive support, resources, and advocacy to promote awareness, acceptance, and understanding of special needs. Guided by our Board’s leadership, we aspire to broaden the scope of our programs with a commitment to fostering inclusion and empowerment, Ashley’s Learning Center strives to create a world where individuals with special needs can thrive and reach their full potential.

For more information, please contact:

Principal Shelrica Banton | 649.348.4224 | principal@ashleyslearningcenter.org

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InvestTCI facilitates the Development Agreement Between TCIG and Molo Hotel Group 

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – May 14th, 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government and Molo Hotel Group reached a pivotal juncture on Monday, May 13th, 2024, with the ceremonial signing of a development agreement at the Premier’s Office on Providenciales. The agreement, which received official Cabinet approval on March 13th, 2024, signifies a steadfast commitment to advancing the economic landscape of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Molo Hotel Group is a family-owned business, renowned for its distinguished portfolio of high-quality hotels worldwide. The development initiative encompasses the construction of three distinct IHG branded hotels: InterContinental Turks and Caicos, Kimpton Turks and Caicos and Hotel Indigo Turks and Caicos. Scheduled for completion by 2027, each resort boasts a distinctive design from luxury to laidback sophistication spanning across the shores of Grace Bay Beach.

Kimpton Turks and Caicos – an epitome of luxury lifestyle living, will feature 192 guest rooms including three outdoor pools, a luxury spa and a fitness center. Additionally, seven dining options ranging from a beachfront restaurant to a rooftop bar.

Adjacent to the Kimpton, InterContinental Turks and Caicos will offer 59 classic luxury suites with panoramic ocean views. Mirroring its counterpart, this resort will offer an array of dining options and upscale facilities.

Steps away from the Intercontinental and Kimpton resorts, Hotel Indigo Turks and Caicos will embrace a sense of community and contemporary elegance, offering 56 bedrooms. The resort will feature an onsite restaurant, lobby bar, outdoor pool, and fitness room.

Beyond the realm of hospitality, this development agreement underscores the government’s commitment to fostering economic growth and enhancing employment opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Molo is partnering with the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) to actively promote hospitality as a career choice and support in developing training programs, career fairs, seminars, workshops, and events to raise awareness about hospitality careers. Molo has committed to provide employment and apprentice opportunities to TCICC students and provide mentoring and practical on property training to students.

The signing event was graced by Hon. Charles Washington Missick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Jamell Robinson, Deputy Premier, Hon. Kyle Knowles, Minister of Public Safety and Utilities, Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Łukasz and Marcin Slominski, Owners of Molo, Ross Morrow, Managing Director Molo, Arik Kono, Vice President Upscale Development for IHG, Dr. Candice Williams, President and CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, Angela Musgrove, InvestTCI CEO, Dr. Barbara Ambrister, Chairperson of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, Dr. Delores Stapleton- Harris, Vice President of Academic, Vocational and Student Affairs for the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, Mr. Kevin Baxter, Dean of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) and Sheryl McLaughlin, InvestTCI Investment Services Executive.

Commenting on the development agreement, Premier, Hon. Misick, stated “The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing of IHG/Molo Hotels is a significant step towards a sustainable future for hospitality in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Three hotels, Kimpton, Intercontinental, and Hotel Indigo, will be introduced, enhancing our tourism product and creating employment opportunities.”

He further added, “Partnerships with the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission are underway, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to developing human capital and elevating tourism offerings. This project will bring economic growth, embrace local talent, and enrich our economy.”

Additionally, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, emphasized “This collaboration confirms our commitment to fostering economic growth and prosperity within our country. We have worked closely with Molo Hotel Group, and we are confident that this transformative project will further position the Turks and Caicos Islands as a premier destination for travel and investment. Much to our delight, it will also provide opportunities for engagement with our Community College and small business community.”

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, operating through its primary Investment Promotion

Agency, Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, remains committed to attracting and facilitating Foreign Direct Investments to the country by providing a comprehensive suite of services. Through strategic initiatives and targeted promotion, the agency catalyzes sustainable development, driving innovation and small business opportunities across various sectors of the economy.

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Male Charged with Robbery

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#TurksandCaicos, May 13, 2024 – Detectives of the Serious Crime Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged a man who allegedly stole a vehicle.

The accused, DANVANTE  BRISCO, 30,  of  Kew Town, Providenciales, was charged with:

  • One Count: Robbery
  • One Count: Taking Motor Vehicle Without Authority
  • One Count: Using Offensive Weapon to cause fear

Mr. BRISCO appeared in court today (May 13 ) and was granted bail of $7500.00 with one surety.

The matter was adjourned to July 05 for a Sufficiency Hearing.

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Dock Yard Male Charged  

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#TurksandCaicos, May 13, 2024 – A 20-year-old Dock Yard male appeared in court today (May 13th) charged with a series of firearm-related offences.

The accused, JAMES SIMON, was denied bail and remanded into custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing scheduled for July 05th, 2024.

Mr. SIMON faces the following charges: 

  • One Count: Robbery;
  • One Count: Gang Membership
  • One Count: Possession of a Firearm for the Benefit of a Gang
  • One Count: Possession of Ammunition for the Benefit of a Gang.

The charges against Mr. Simon followed investigations by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force into a robbery at the parking lot of a Casino where three males robbed a victim.

Additionally, Mr. Simon is charged with the following offences, having been arrested on May 02nd, 2024, along South Dock Road.

  • One Count: Possession of a Firearm
  • One Count: Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count: Unlawful Entry

Officers also charged a teenage minor who was in the company of  Mr. Simon on May 02nd with One Count of UNLAWFUL ENTRY. 

The accused, seventeen and from Kew Town, Providenciales, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on May 20th.

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